Bruce Bochy ‘shocked’ Trevor Hoffman wasn’t voted into Hall of Fame
When current San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy saw Trevor Hoffman’s name on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, he pegged him as a shoo-in.
Only, Hoffman, whom Bochy managed for 12 seasons while with the San Diego Padres, fell short of being inducted in his first year on the ballot by 34 votes.
The result astounded Bochy, who began his managing career in San Diego in 1995.
"I was shocked," Bochy said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Forget being biased. Look at the numbers. I know what he did for our club and how much better he made our bullpens. I don’t buy into these guys saying it’s hard to do it the first time. This guy to me was a first-timer, but that’s not for me to say I guess because I didn’t have a vote in it. I just assumed he’d be voted in."
Hoffman, who notched 601 saves in his major-league career (second behind Mariano Rivera’s 652), was the first closer to record 500 saves and is often revered as one of the best closers in major-league history alongside Rivera.
Overall, Hoffman finished fifth in the Hall of Fame voting, trailing Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines on the list of top vote-getters just below the 75-percent threshold of total potential votes required for induction.
Sluggers Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were both voted into the Hall, with Griffey, also a first-year on the ballot, missing unanimous selection by a mere three votes.
While Hoffman was overlooked in his first year on the ballot, he’s nearly certain to be voted in amongst baseball’s immortals during his nine remaining years of eligibility on the ballot.
Nonetheless, Bochy believes the hard-throwing right-hander from Southern California deserved a first-year induction.
"To me, he’s a first-timer because I know what he did for me," Bochy said. "I’m still managing because of Trevor Hoffman."